Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York

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Internships at the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations, New York

The Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations in New York engages interns year round.  Internships are intended to give participants exposure and experience in the operations of the Mission and the United Nations. Interns will support the Mission’s staff advance New Zealand’s interests at the United Nations during New Zealand’s busy and exciting two-year term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

Interns will need to be capable of quickly developing a sound understanding of New Zealand’s foreign policy positions.  Interns may be required to attend and report on various meetings and briefings at the United Nations, and assist as required with research and other duties at the Mission, including administrative support.  Strong communication skills and excellent judgement are essential.

Internships are typically for four months (although this can be flexible), with commencement dates staggered throughout the year.


Prospective intern’s background and/or field of study should ideally be relevant to the work of the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations, for example, international relations, international law, politics, economics or development.

Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.


Internships are unpaid and interns are fully responsible for their own costs (including accommodation and travel expenses).  However, a modest stipend will be available to offset part of cost of undertaking the internship. Prospective interns should be aware of the high cost of living in New York. Current students may be able to offset the costs by applying for internship grants and/or academic credits from their academic institution.

Other requirements

Interns are required to carry comprehensive travel insurance with adequate cover for medical expenses and personal liability for the duration of their assignments.  Interns are also required to sign a standard undertaking covering non-government personnel participating in government delegations.

The Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations will assist selected interns satisfy the United States immigration requirements for the duration of the internship.  Prospective interns already in the United States should consider whether their immigration status permits them to undertake the internship, and if not, whether they will be able to move to a G2 visa. 


Applications should include a covering letter setting out the applicant’s suitability for an internship, accompanied by a CV, academic transcript, and the contact details of two referees or at least one letter of reference.  Applicants should clearly indicate the commencement date of the internship(s) they are applying for.  Prospective interns already in the United States should advise their current visa status.

Current opportunities

We are currently recruiting for four month internships (up to four interns at a time) commencing throughout the year starting from 1 January 2015.

Applications must be received by 5.00pm, Thursday 20 November 2014 (New York time) and should be sent by email to



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